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About Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort

Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort is a spectacular Drakensberg resort situated in the Central Drakensberg approximately four hours from Johannesburg and two and a half hours from Durban in the magnificent Champagne Valley. Welcome to the highest degree of service in central berg accommodation.

Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort’s 9 hole, 18-tee golf course is certainly one of the most scenic with views of the magnificent Champagne Valley – including Monks Cowl itself, which is between the towering Champagne Castle and Cathkin Mountains and took on its name because it resembles a cleric’s attire from every tee. This view is unique among all Drakensberg resorts that form part of the Central Berg Accommodation.

We have 35 superior hotel rooms either mountain or dam facing with two double beds, air conditioning, DStv, tea and coffee making facilities, mini-bar fridge and private patio. One executive suite with a king-size bed with double shower, Jacuzzi bath, air conditioning, DStv, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar fridge and private patio. Also available are our eight self-catering units, fully equipped with a master bedroom en-suite, second bedroom with twin beds and adjacent bathroom and two sleeper couches in the lounge, with DStv, fireplace for those chilly winter nights and private patio with braai facilities.

Our new 18 hole adventure golf is a must for the whole family as well as new our magnificent rock swimming pool complete with waterfall and slide, kiddies play area with adventure jungle gym, swings and trampolines. The resort also has two tennis courts, badminton, volleyball, swing ball, fishing, mountain bike trails and much more. Guests can also enjoy a refreshing drink at the Rock Pool Bar whilst the little ones have fun around the pool.

After a round of golf, guests can enjoy a substantial a-la-carte and pub menu at the Friar Tuck Pub and Restaurant which is open from 07H00 to late. Also look out for our weekly specials especially our famous Wednesday ox-tail special. After dinner, the bar crowd arrives to trade stories of the day’s play and for those that enjoy a hearty Sunday lunch – a buffet style feast is offered.

Awesome adventure activities in the area are yours to enjoy from Tree-Top Canopy tours to White Water Tubing, hiking, the magnificent birds of prey centre, Drakensberg Boys Choir and so much more.

If you are looking for that unique conference venue for your medium to small conferencing needs Gooderson Monks Cowl Resort can accommodate up to 60 delegates in our Maid Marion Conference Room or for those smaller groups one can meet in our business lounge for those informal strategy sessions. We can arrange a variety of team building activities at the resort or within close driving distance and not forgetting golf days at the resort for the corporate client.

Look no further than Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort for that special day for your wedding venue where you can exchange your vows alongside our spectacular dam and then celebrate in style. We have a special wedding gift waiting for you – a night’s free accommodation for the bride and groom, a romantic rose petal turn down and two night’s free accommodation to welcome you back on your first wedding anniversary.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 6 hours
  • Type: Hotel, Resort
  • Sleeps: 176
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi/Hot-tub
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy
  • Air conditioning
  • Bars
  • Breakfast
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Lunch
  • Massage
  • Total number of rooms 1 - 50
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
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  • Superior Double Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 32 There are 32 double rooms, each room has two double beds with an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. The rooms are... see more Features:  Double beds, DStv, En-suite, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering see more Double beds, DStv, En-suite, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
    • Rooms Adults
      • Self-Catering Units Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 8 These self-catering units consists of one double bed, two single beds as well as two sleeper couches. It can accommodate... see more Features:  Double beds, Local channels, DStv, En-suite, Shared bathroom, Mountain views see more Double beds, Local channels, DStv, En-suite, Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Sleeper couch, Single beds, Fan, Heater, Television, Wi-Fi, Dam views
        • Rooms Adults

          Reviews for Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort

          6 guest reviews Reviews of

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          Danny Malokane
          04 January 2018

          Warm welcomed by the staff when we arrived. You feel at home. Rooms are abnormally clean and well arranged. Food i.e breakfast and supper up to standard. Well maintained golf course. I have enjoyed playing my nine hole. Surrounding well look after. But there is a room next to the parking lot of room 14 to 18. Heavy smell coming from that room I hope is a broken sewerage which need to be fix. Overall everything is fine.

          Justine Gatter, South Africa
          22 December 2016

          We had a fantastic holiday! Staff were friendly, meals delicious, we will be back!

          Annelize Moolman, South Africa
          04 July 2016

          Good service, neat room and good food - we will be back. Thanks 

          Krishna Thottekkat, South Africa
          18 April 2016

          The four of us had a perfectly relaxing time this past weekend. The facilities are really well managed and staff are friendly and helpful. The setting by the lake is beautiful and it makes for great sunrises.  The resort is close to all the features the berg has to offer and the rock pools will prove to be fun for all with a slide even! The restuarants food was great. I can't wait to find an excuse to go back:D

          Loriana Trisolino, South Africa
          10 January 2016

          We spent 3 nights at the resort and paid premium rates - it is rated 4 star but does not even come close. The rooms are semi-decent. The facilities are in need of serious attention and the cleanliness is n9t a priority. The restaurant has a 3 page menu of which half of the dishes are unavailable. The food was mediocre. We asked for bottles of water and none available whilst it is 40 degrees outside. When questioned the response we got was that they were not prepared for the influx of people over the holiday season. Really????Won't be staying there again.

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          Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort is 3.4km from the centre of Cathkin Park , the nearest airport 195.2km (King Shaka International Airport).
          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling